Business administration basically covers the field of management. Whether you're looking at a lead hand supervisory position or a top executive suite, your education tells potential employers that you possess the skills required to make clear decisions, follow through on directives and lead your employees to success.
Types of Jobs
There are a variety of different industries and areas you can work in with a business administration education. You may find yourself in one of these positions:
- Account Executive / Manager: Usually found in the sales, advertising, marketing or brand management fields, an account executive or manager will oversee the development and maintenance of customer or supplier accounts. You'll coordinate all the activity that relates to that account - from finance to customer service. You'll end up addressing all the day-to-day needs of your accounts, and probably find yourself doing a little bit of everything.
- Analyst: There are a number of different types of analyst positions (financial, administrative, human resources, methods, traffic, etc.) so the information you work with will be job-specific. At its most basic, an analyst reviews procedures and attempts to develop the most cost-effective and efficient ways of completing a task or running a business. You'll be the eyes and the ears of the company and will monitor progress and process.
- Auditor: As an auditor, you'll find yourself a valued consultant in a number of different areas of your company. Some auditors are involved primarily in financial matters, but others are involved in all levels of decision making including IT infrastructure, corporate policies and federal compliance. You'll review the present situation and work to help improve policies and procedures.
- Consultant: Consultants may find themselves working with management, human resources, information technology or any number of different business departments. Depending on where your specialty lies, you'll be brought into a company to help streamline processes and increase the department's overall efficiency. Because the company that hires you expects you to come in and help them develop better business practices - but not to stay on as a fulltime employee - there are a lot of self-employed consultants.
- Manager: Management positions come in a number of different forms. You may be a top executive officer or you may be a frontline supervisor. It's possible that you'll never come into contact with more than one or two of your employees, or you may be the person that offers face-to-face guidance to all workers. Regardless of the number of people under your supervision or the type of business you're involved with, a manager is expected to guide and lead employees and supervise the completion of projects and goals.
- Planner: A planner might be utilized in a number of different departments, such as finance, administration or production. You'll assist businesses (or individual departments) in developing the projects, processes and policies that will best achieve the goals that have been set. You might also find yourself working in municipal, state or federal government, with urban or city planning and environmental planning. Your schooling will be specialized and will relate directly to the type of planning you wish to pursue.
- Public Relations Representative: As a public relations representative you'll stand as the face of your company. You'll project the image and attitude that best describes your place of work, and advocate relationships with the public and other businesses. You may also find yourself in government or public service positions. Generally, a public relations representative is a communications expert who can market a company or organization.
- Trainer: Training is another industry-specific career, and your position will depend on the type of business you're working with. Among the many different types of training positions you'll encounter, you may coach managers in leadership and decision making; you may teach production workers how to use their tools; or you may guide human resources specialists in business specific processes. The important skills for a trainer are interpersonal: it's one thing to know the subject you're offering training in, but it's something completely different to teach someone what to do.
Which career path you choose will really depend on where your interests lie. You'll find that salaries and wages are dependent on the type of job you choose, the area you work in and also the business you work with.